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When Pauls Boutique bags, coats and cardigans were hanging off every girl on the high street, me and my sister went through a mad phase of buying all things Pauls boutique including this purse.
What i like about PB was that I could get the more subtle items that still stood out like my Navy spotty bag and small coin purse while my sister who is 17 years my junior could have the more loud and daring items.
When I spotted this purse, I loved it and I knew my sister would too but I thought that she would find the purse too long as she normally just whacks her money in her pocket so I was torn about whether to buy it or not as I thought it might be a bit too much for me to pull out at work but knew it was a bit too big for my sis (about 8'' x 4'') but I just loved it and couldnt seem to walk away so I purchased it. I bought it for £30 which I reckon is expensive but then again its more like a mini bag with lots of different compartments including credit card spaces (hold 8 cards) and a coin section which holds a fair amount of coins. In addition, there is also a section where you can put your phone top-up card,mini greeting card things or stamps etc
As you can see the design is a leopard print in dark brown and black colours but the difference is that this also has a rock and roll type rose and skull design in lime, white and pink.
The zip and the plaque are in gold and add a bit of posh to the purse and then the typical PB charm hangs off the side.
I have to admit at this point, being the honest person I am that I didnt keep it long - a few months top but thats only because I felt daft whacking it out at work (didnt go with my black suit and court shoes!) but I do love it and would recommend it.
I'm such a fan of Paul's Boutique bags and purses. I always seem to go for matching bags and purses, which doesn't suit my bank balance!
I bought this purse because of the size and print. I adore leopard prints and have a penchant for skulls and flowers. This seemed the perfect alternative item to own. Perhaps the fact I have the stunning matching bag might have been the other! And I always adore the cute personalised charms which come with each product.
The purse itself is quite large, with lots of card slots and compartments inside, along with a zipped coin slot down the middle. The outside is a stury material and is easy to wipe clean in case anything is spilled on it. With the purse being quite large, it's really useful to use as a clutch for a night out!
The only downside is the price, but this is expected considering it is a designer item.
When it comes to buying clothes and accessories I feel super guilty if I spend over £30 on any one item. At the beginning of 2010 I got a Paul's Boutique Handbag which cost around £65 (http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/online-shops/pauls-boutique-com/1393588/) and I absolutely began to appreciate the 'finer things in life' so to speak. I loved the way in which something that little more expensive felt and looked - no one else had one and it was pretty quirky and cool. Then there was some big bang and suddenly Paul's Boutique was on every Chavista on the street, I decided to ditch my beloved Tilly Twister on eBay and treat myself to a different handbag with the profits. My sister wasn't aware of my change of heart and presented me with the Paul's Boutique Lizzie Purse for Christmas 2010.
Knowing how much they cost I felt slightly guilty accepting the gift knowing that I wasn't really into the brand anymore - but the thought was lovely and her love and generosity soon made sure the purse swung it's way in to my bag. As I filled it full of my seemingly endless junk which I carry around with me, it amazed me how spacious it is. There are 9 main sections! And the purse isn't unusually huge either coming in at around 7.5" x 4" (normal-ish purse size). There's a central zipped section for loose change, a notes section - which actually fits in unfolded notes, and there's 3 general slots in between these which I use for receipts and loyalty cards. Then there are 2 sections with 4 credit card slots in each which back on to another two sections where you can store pictures / those little poem friendship card things (or maybe I'm the only one who does that!!!)
It's made from PU so it's not a leather number, but then again, I find I chop and change purses quite frequently so wear and tear is never really a concern for me. That said, I've used the purse constantly for 6 months now and the illustration / coating hasn't deteriorated at all - and rather nicely, unlike leather it hasn't stretched in to a big baggy mess! The only thing I would comment on is that the 'charm' which is attached to the zipper has badly tarnished. It's easy to wipe clean too, as the care instructions suggest, should be the modus operandi for cleaning; because of the PU material it leaves a non-porous surface which is very resistant to stains and spills.
Aesthetically the purse is pleasing to say the least. It has a brown and black animal print background with a lime green, pink and white skull and rose 'tattoo' design emblazed across the front and back in a 'wrap around' fashion. The Paul's Boutique logo is displayed on a gold coloured plaque; the zipper is fabric (the same colour / design as the purse) and the zip is gold coloured too. Then there's the charm. It's got 5 chains each with brightly coloured plastic shapes, stars, moons, circles and balls. It also has a gold colour P and B and an Ace of Clubs Card with Diamante detail. All of the gold coloured parts have tarnished, but the plastic bits are still rocking their bright colour pops (note: due to the customised finish, designs can vary slightly from item to item). Inside the purse all of the sections are gold patent and it dazzles away, attracting lots of compliments! The size also means that you can use it as a cute clutch and fit lip gloss, keys and possibly mobile in it for an evening out.
The purse is available from Paul's Boutique direct, online at Asos, Topshop, Bank Fashion, Cult, Hype, Fusion Fashion and House of Fraser or if you're a stickler for the High Street try House of Fraser, Bank, Selfridges, Fenwicks, Top Shop, etc (full list of stockists on the website).
It costs £31 which is more than I'd like to pay for a purse but to be honest, although my Sister bought me this so I've not felt the pinch direct, I don't think it's too bad. It's not great either though, I'm sure many people would prefer to pay a couple of quid for a purse and have the thirty notes in it! But, for the fashion conscious, it's a reasonable price to pay for an object of authoritative loveliness and splendour! And as you can tell by my love and appreciation for my purse - it makes a wonderful gift...
I was given this purse as a present at Christmas time and i must say that it is one of the nicest and best presents i received. The purse is about 20cm in length and maybe about 10cm in height, which is a great size for fitting in your handbag. The zip which goes all the way round is very secure and mine has nice little charm hanging from the zip which adds to the purses over all appearance. The inside of the purse contains a zipped compartment for coins and two unzipped compartments for notes and receipts. It also has 12 card slots ( which i feel is generous) and these are positioned on either side, inside the purse. Behind the card slots there are extra narrow compartments which can be used for receipts or any bits of paper you have. The are actually big enough to keep a couple of paracetamol which is a must for me to carry in my purse.
The purse itself is made of a kind of hard plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. Mine was purchased (as i am informed by my boyfriend) for £30 which isn't bad considering what some purses cost. I would recommend this purse to anyone who wants a purse that stands out from the rest, and there are plenty of fun fashion designs to choose from.